I had an eventful journey home on 12th December. I arrived home later than usual – I was completely drenched. I couldn’t have been more wet had I been swimming fully clothed. Helios looked at me and said “Oh dear! If I had known it was raining I would have collected you at the station!” I couldn’t help it. I burst into tears. He held me and tried to get me to make some sense and, slowly, I told him what had happened but first I showed him my fingers moving and assured him that my toes were perfectly fine too. Can you imagine me moving my fingers and thumbs in front of his face? I’d been hit by a car on my walk home.
I got off the train as normal. It normally gets me to my village at18:00 or just after. I walked to a T junction. It was dark and raining. I looked both ways. The car to my right was stopped and indicating to turn right. There was nothing coming from my left so I scooted across to ensure that I didn’t hold anyone up. The next thing I know, I was on the bonnet of the car that has been waiting to turn right. The car was exactly in the middle of the two lanes of the road. I must have slid onto the road but don’t remember how. I remember shouting “Why did you do that??” I was being picked up by a passer-by who, it turned out, lived on that very corner. The driver waited for me to move and then started to drive to the side. I shouted “Don’t you dare drive off!!” But he wasn’t going away, he was just moving out of the way of the traffic that was already building behind him (little wonder because he was right in the middle of the road)!
The woman beside me was shaking and I thanked her for coming to my rescue. I checked my digits and found that nothing was broken. I could move my neck. I was crying but that really was no surprise. I appeared to be unhurt – just badly shaken. The man gave me his name and a contact number. I made sure to write down the number of his licence plate. I assured him that I had nothing broken. Initially I just wanted to go home and nearly took him up on his offer to drive me home but I thought better of it – I didn’t know him after all – and took the woman up on her offer to take me in. Also, he was starting to annoy me – he said that I’d run into his car and not that his car had run into me. I reminded him that it was a dark, wet night and it could have happened to anyone. The thing to remember was that appeared to be unhurt. He eventually went on his way. I went inside a sweet kitchen. She apologised that it needed a floor but it seemed a nice place. I joked that I didn’t think she was a serial killer and she said something about soft furnishings. I tried to ring my dear husband but couldn’t get through. Unbeknownst to me, Helios had left his mobile in his coat on the porch and didn’t hear it. It was precisely because I couldn’t get through to him that I suddenly began to wonder and fret. I knew I was ok but wanted to be sure he was too. I decided to brave the elements and walked home. I got to the hill when I decided to leave a message on Helios’s mobile. I knew (as long as he was ok) he’d worry and I still appeared to be without major injury.
Later that night I was sore and bruised. Helios encouraged me to take a long hot bath but I still needed painkillers to get to sleep. I dreamt that night of being at war. Throughout the night I struggled with my bruising on my right-hand side. Rolling over or moving at all would cause me to wake up again.
I got up at the usual time and went to work in the usual way. I catch the7:38 amfrom the village to town. I was so uncomfortable that I asked to go to the doctors. I got a taxi to my local surgery and saw my GP at9:30the next morning. I cried when I told her what had happened. She kindly gave me Naprosyn (one tablet twice daily) and told me that I needed to go home because I was clearly still in shock. I walked over to the local grocery store and picked up a few bits and then got a taxi home.
Consequently I’ve lost and more recently regained my Christmas feeling. I still have bruising on my right elbow but I’m feeling much better and am delighted that no more serious damage was done.
Take care and have a happy Christmas!